Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gift Ideas for Canoeing Enthusiasts

Finding good Christmas gifts ideas is easy if you think about a person’s hobbies. If you are buying for person who enjoys canoeing, here are a few ideas for canoeing gifts.

Canoeing Gifts

Canoeing is a sport that appears to require relatively small amounts of equipment. In truth, it is much more than a paddle and a canoe, which provides you with a lot of potential gift ideas.

1. Yokes – This yoke has nothing to do with eggs. A yoke is a device that hooks onto a canoe to make it easy to lug it around. Typically made of wood, the yoke sites perpendicular to the length of the canoe and is padded. Easily connected to the canoe, the boat is typically flipped over to be carried by putting the padded yoke on your shoulders. A godsend for getting to and from the water as well as bypassing low water areas on rivers. A yoke will set you back in the $20 to $60 range. The Voyageur brand is a good place to start.

2. Handmade Wood Canvas Canoe – If you’re looking for a big ticket item, why not consider giving a handmade wood canvas canoe as a gift? Unlike modern canoes, these wood canvas canoes are made with painstaking care and incredible craftsmanship. With beautiful lines and an air of grace, this is the ultimate canoe for traditionalists. Since each one is handmade, you can expect to pay a pretty premium of $2,000 or more. If this sounds like the perfect gift, take a look at Spencer Canoe Company in Canada.

3. Back Supports – Sitting in a canoe for a few hours is not easy on the lower back. Back support are curved devices that create or support existing seating in the canoe. Back supports are a must for weekend warriors who only canoe once every month or so. It is hard to enjoy canoeing if your back is killing you! Look for the Crazy Creek brand and expect to pay between $20 and $30.

4. Nomad Paddle Sports Journals – A bit of self-promotion here. Nomad Paddle Sports Journals are waterproof writing journals that let canoers keep notes during and after their trips. Really great for writing down impressions, routes taken, things seen, people met, alternative routes to be tried in the future and so on. You can click the link at the bottom of this article to see the paddle sports journals which cost $8.99.

If you’re buying gifts for a canoeing enthusiast, the above list is a good place to start.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Camping Locations: Your Options

Are you interested in going camping in the near future? Camping is a fun and exciting recreational activity. What is nice about camping is that you have a number of different options, in terms of locations. A few of the many locations that you may want to examine for your next camping adventure are outlined below for your convenience.

State parks are one of the best locations to go camping. They are often run and monitored by state governments, in terms of security and maintence. Although you have to pay to enter a state park, even if you do not plan on camping, the admission price is more than worth it. Often times, with state parks, you will find that camping is just one of the many things that you can do while visiting one. Many state parks have a number of hiking trails, as well as lakes, ponds, or streams, where you can usually swim or wade. Many state parks also have gift shops. This means that you may be able to buy a souvenir of your camping adventure.

In addition to state parks, you can also go camping at parks that are commonly referred to as campground parks. In the United States, these types of parks are often the ones that are first associated with camping. Campground parks are areas that are designed especially for campers. They often have a large number of campground sites. Campground parks are often filled with activities; activities that usually include hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, and much more. Many campground parks also have game rooms, first aid offices, security posts, as well as onsite laundry rooms.

When many individuals think of camping, the woods are often the first thing that comes to mind. While many campground parks and state parks are located in wooded areas, you can also go camping along the beach. When thinking of the beach and camping, it is important to focus on more than the coastline. Many individuals and companies have made beachfront areas out of ponds, lakes, rivers, and small streams. The majority of the time, these beachfront camping sites are privately owned and operated, but you should be able to make a reservation and pay a fee to camp there.

Another one of the many locations that you can camp at is your own backyard. Unfortunately, many people do not associate camping with their backyards. If you are an experienced camper, you may prefer camping in a state park, along the beach, or in a public campground. At the same time, it is always nice to have the option to camp in your backyard whenever you want. It is also important to mention that backyard camping is ideal if you are camping for the first time or if you are camping with small children, namely children who are unfamiliar with camping and all that comes along with it.

The above mentioned locations are just a few of the many locations that you may want to keep in mind, when planning your next camping adventure. To decide where you should camp, you may want to examine the distance from your intended destination to your home, the cost of making a reservation, and onsite or nearby activities. Keeping these factors in mind will help to ensure that you choose the best location for your next camping adventure, no matter how long or short you plan on it being.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Camping: Perfect for All Occasions

Are you looking for a good time? If you are, have you ever thought about going camping? What is nice about camping is that it is an affordable recreational activity, as well as one that is perfect for a wide range of occasions, as few of which are outlined below.

Perhaps, the best type of occasion that is perfect for a camping trip is that of a family vacation. Camping is most ideal for family vacations because it is affordable. Whether you have two kids or five kids, it can get fairly expensive to plan a “traditional,” family vacation, like one to an amusement park. Many families have found it much more affordable to go camping instead.

What is nice about going camping for your next family vacation is that you have an unlimited number of options. In the United States, many public campground parks are stocked full of activities, like boating, hiking, swimming, fishing, and so forth. No matter how old or young your children are, they will likely enjoy camping.

Another one of the many occasions that can call for camping is one that is often unthought-of. Although it may not appear that way at first glance, camping is also ideal for those looking to take romantic getaways. One of the many reasons why camping is nice for romantic getaways is because of nature. Many couples love the outdoor feel and the romance that it can create.

If you would like to go camping for your next romantic getaway, but you are unsure as to whether or not you want to camp in a tent, you should research a few of your other options. There are rental stations in the United States that have RVs for rent. You may also find a number of public campgrounds that have cottages available for rent.

Another occasion that may warrant a camping trip is that of a family reunion. Although family reunions are decreasing in popularity, they do still exist and are still fairly popular. The only thing about family reunions is that many only last a day or even just a few hours. If you have a large family, it could be difficult to catch up on what is happening with everyone. That is why many families are starting to examine campground parks for their reunion locations.

As previously stated, campground parks often have an unlimited number of activities for you to participate in, like boating, fishing, swimming and hiking. This means that everyone in your family, large or small, can have fun on a camping trip, especially one that doubles as a family reunion. With affordable admission fees or camping rates, it should be relatively easy for most of your family to afford a one or two night stay at a public campground park.

Camping is also ideal if you are just looking to take a break or if you are looking to escape from your everyday life and all of the stresses that are associated with it. Although fun is often associated with groups, you may enjoy a solo camping trip, even if it is only for one night. What you need to remember though is to be sure to keep a cell phone with you at all times. Solo camping trips are nice, but they can be dangerous. Be sure to let someone that you know and trust where you will be camping and when you are expected to return.

The above mentioned occasions are just a few of the many instances, where you may want to think about taking a camping trip. As a reminder, camping is a nice and affordable recreational activity, whether you are looking to camp for only one night or one week.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Winter Camping Tip

Its that time of the year again. I don't think I've ever done any winter camping

myself. My son's have done a lot over the years, with the scouting program they
were in. They always seemed to have a great time.

I remember one long weekend in May a few years back. It was cold, snowy and

miserable. We even had snow on our tents one morning. The fishing was good

the weather not so good. Do you have a tale or tip you'd like to share, just

leave a comment. Here is a tip for you winter or cold weather campers. Dress up

in enough layers of warm clothing to ensure that the weather isn't going to

spoil your trip. Three layers should do the job of keeping your body warm and

dry.

Would you like comment on this winter camping tip? Would love your input.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Importance of Checking the Weather First When Going Camping

Would you like to take a camping trip? If you would, you may have been told to examine the weather before you leave for your trip, as well as before you even start packing for your next camping trip. While this is tip that is often told, some campers still forget to check the weather. This is something that you do not want to do, as it may have a negative impact on the success of your next camping trip.

If you are interested in taking a last minute vacation and if you are thinking about camping, the weather may play a huge role in your decision. For instance, if the weather is forecasted to be cold, rainy, or windy, you may not even want to go. If you do have other options, this is something to at least take into consideration. That is just one of the many reasons why you should examine the weather before you decide to plan a camping trip, namely a last minute one.

Regardless of whether your next camping trip is one that was just planned or one that you have been planning for months, it is important that you check the weather, as it may have impact on the clothing that you need to bring along with you. For instance, rainy days may result in a raincoat, sunny weather may result in a bathing suit, and so forth. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to plan for rainy weather, sunny weather, and cold weather, just in case, as the weather can change rapidly. When camping, especially away from home, it is best to prepare for just about anything, especially when it concerns the weather.

In addition to the clothes that you need to pack, the weather can also have an impact on the camping supplies and camping equipment that you need to bring as well. For instance, if rain is forecasted, you will want to make sure that your tent is waterproof or water resistant. Should it not be, you may need to make alternative arrangements, like purchase a new tent or at least bring a tarp along with you. When you look at it from that aspect, the weather cannot only impact how you plan, but also how you shop for camping supplies and camping equipment as well.

The weather can also impact your next camping trip by having an impact on the activities that you can participate in. In keeping with rainy weather, you may be unable to do many of the activities that are often associated with camping. If your campground park forecast includes bad weather and you still plan on going camping, you may want to bring along rainy day activities, like a deck of cards or board games. On the other hand, if the weather is sunny, you may be able to go boating, fishing, swimming, or hiking and if so you will want to prepare for those activities.

When checking the weather, you will find that you have a number of different options. You can examine your local news channels or use reliable online weather websites. What you will want to do is check the weather once like a week before you plan on leaving and start preparing for that weather scenario. With that in mind, you will also want to recheck the weather forecast a day or two before you leave. This is important as the weather can easily change and it may give you enough time to make any planning and preparation adjustments that need to be made.

The above mentioned reasons as just a few of the many reasons why it is extremely important that you check the weather forecast for your campground park before you leave for your camping trip. In all honesty, you should be able to have fun on your next camping trip, whether it be warm, cold, sunny, or rainy, as long as you are able to prepare for the weather.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Importance of Choosing the Right Campground

Would you like to go camping? If you would, have you already selected your intended destination or your campground park? If you have yet to do so, you will want to continue reading on.

When it comes to choosing a campground park to camp at, there are a number of different approaches that are taken. In all honesty, most campers choose one of the campgrounds that is located closest to them and others, literally, just pick a campground park out of their phone book. While these approaches do work, it is important to remember that you do not necessarily know what you are getting. If you are looking to have one of the best camping trips ever, you will want to take the time to find the campground park that is perfect for you and your needs.

As nice as it is to hear that you should carefully choose the campground park that you end up camping at, you may be wondering exactly why that is so. What you need to remember is that not all campgrounds and campground parks are the same. This is something that many people fail to realize, but it is something that can have a huge impact on the success of your next camping trip. If you are not careful, your next camping trip can seem more like a nightmare than a vacation.

Another one of the many reasons why you should carefully choose your next campground park is because it may have an impact on how much you have to pay to go camping. Campground parks often charge varied admission fees. If you are not careful, you may end up paying more money than you need to. When examining the cost of a campground park reservation, it is also important to keep the onsite services, facilities, and activities in mind. The more you have access, the higher the cost of a campground reservation will likely be. With that in mind, it may be worth the extra costs, but not always.

As previously stated, not carefully choosing your campground park can turn your next camping trip into a nightmare. One of the reasons for that is because it impacts what you can do. That is why the services, facilities, and activities that you have access to at a campground park are important. You will want to look for a campground park that is filled with activities. For example, look for ones that may have playgrounds for children, swimming pools, fishing, boat rentals, and hiking trails. The more activities that you have access to at a campground park, the more likely you are to enjoy your camping trip.

Your campground park decision may also impact what you have to bring along with you. For instance, if the campground park that you choose to camp at does not have an onsite laundry room or a laundry facility, you would likely have to pack more clothes to bring along with you. The same can be said for the activities that you can participate in. For instance, if your campground park has a swimming pool or a hiking trail, you may want to bring along a bathing suit and sneakers, respectively.

The campground park that you choose to camp at may also have an impact on how many outside trips you have to make. In the United States, you can find a relatively large number of campground parks that have onsite general stores or even first aid centers or kits available. Should you forget to bring anything on your trip or even if you suffered a small injury, you may need to leave your campground park should you not have what you need onsite. While this may not seem like a huge deal, it may put a damper on your camping trip and impact its success.

The above mentioned ways are just a few of the many ways that your selected campground park can impact your next camping trip, both in positive and in negative ways. To help ensure your next camping trip is all that you had hoped it would be, you will want to take the time to find the campground park that best fits you, your needs, as well as your wants.